The Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders series at Scandinavia House returns this season with select in-house and virtual screenings of films chosen by the Nordic & Baltic countries to compete for the Oscar nomination for the Best International Feature Film. On December 11 at Scandinavia House, see the film Tigers/Tigrar (dir. Ronnie Sandahl; Sweden/Italy/Denmark, 2020), Sweden’s official nomination for the 94th Academy Awards. Following the screening, Ronnie Sandahl will present a film Q&A.
A life-or-death rollercoaster ride through the modern-day football industry, Tigers follows Martin, one of the most promising football talents Sweden has ever seen. At 16, his lifelong dream comes true when he is bought by one of Italy’s most prestigious clubs; yet that dream comes at a very high price in terms of sacrifice, dedication, pressure and — most of all — loneliness. Before long, Martin begins to question whether this is actually the life he yearned for. With a unique perspective on the world of professional sports, Ronnie Sandahl’s coming-of-age drama based on Martin Bengtsson’s autobiography In the Shadow of San Siro looks at a young man’s burning obsession in a world where everything, and everyone, has a price tag.
“A compelling look at the dark side of sports glory”—THR
Tickets to this event must be purchased in advance online at the link above; film screenings will take place in Victor Borge Hall. All attendees are required to present proof of vaccination upon arrival in compliance with New York State government; read more here. Attendees are required to follow all Scandinavia House safety protocols, including wearing masks during the program and observing social distancing rules in signage. Please read our full safety protocols here.
This film has been supported by the Consulate General of Sweden, New York.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Ronnie Sandahl (born in 1984) is a screenwriter, director and author with a background in journalism. Since his feature debut Underdog (2015), Ronnie has been working on a movie trilogy on sports and psychology.
In addition to Tigers he also wrote the script for Borg vs McEnroe (2017) and the upcoming gymnastics drama Perfect, directed by Olivia Wilde.